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Want to talk about it?

Facilitate or Lead

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Educators, whether newly graduated from Teachers’ College, in the midst of their career, or retired, are professionals who passionately care about young people.  You are the ideal Leaders and Facilitators for C.A.N.D.Y. Club. The Leaders and Facilitators help young people feel more comfortable talking about dying, death, and grief. It is therefore very important that the Leaders and Facilitators understand how cognitive capacity, response to the concept of death, and engagement needs differ among young people of different age groups and how vastly they differ from adult cognitive capacity. When working with a set age group, while there may well be ‘exceptions to the rule’, certain understandings on the part of the adults in the room can go a long way to successful dialogue. You have those understandings and the ability to interact comfortably with young people. 

About C.A.N.D.Y Cafe

Creating Awareness and Normalizing Death for Youth came about because a young person wanted to know why she couldn’t attend an adult Death Café with her mother. It really is as simple as that. That led to the questions being asked by HHA staff: Why can’t we hold a Death Café for young people? What would that look like? Who are the stakeholders? What followed was an audit, team work, research, and ultimately, the program we have now devised.  


While the young people are attending C.A.N.D.Y. Café, a concurrent Adult Death Café will be run. The Adult Death Café follows the model set forth in the Death Café Facilitator’s Handbook, adheres to the conditions of the social movement set forth by Jon Underwood and uses Conversation Starters geared to support the work being done and the conversation taking place at C.A.N.D.Y. Café.  A concurrent Adult Death Café is foundational in meeting the goals of the young people’s event.    


That the young people:

  1. Explore why it’s important to talk about dying, death, and grief. 

  2. Feel safe enough to share with their peers some of their thoughts and feelings about dying, death, and grief verbally, in writing, or both. 

  3. Explore why the adults in their life might not be comfortable talking about dying, death, and grief. 

  4. Feel more comfortable talking about dying, death, and grief with the adults in their life. 

  5. Feel confident that when they experience death in life, they will have some tools to help them grieve in a healthy way. 


What's Involved:

  1. Volunteers for the Leader and Facilitator roles will first fill in an online application.

  2. Applicants will then be contacted by a representative from HHA for a phone interview that goes into more detail than the online application.

  3. Applicants will be sent the C.A.N.D.Y. Café Handbook and Code of Conduct.

  4. Volunteers for Leader and Facilitator roles will then meet, in person, for a training session (approximately 2 hours) in a location within their region.



This depends on the geographical area and how many volunteers are engaged nearby. This is volunteer work so you tell us the level of commitment with which you are comfortable and we will arrange schedules accordingly.